Believe

Close your eyes for just a moment….remember…when you were a kid and still believed in Santa Clause….remember the excitement…the wonder and amazement at all the lights….the sounds of laughter in your home…the smell of food cooking in the kitchen…the singing of Christmas carols…the love…it was magical wasnt it?

The first magical thing I believed in was probably Christmas and Santa Clause…as we grow older and we find that Santa really doesnt exist….why does that seem to take away from the magic of it all?  Why does that happen with everything that we find magical….we discover with time….its not as it appears so we tuck it away….and we lose sight…of what it really was that brought us joy in the first place….

I have watched several times “The Polar Express” with my daughter…a movie about a boy who had decided not to believe anymore…and his journey…to finding the magical place within his heart once again…When the conductor, Tom Hanks, said to him and I cant remember the exact words…although I should with as many times as I have watched it…but he said something like….”It matters not where the train is going….what matters is your choice to decide to get on…”

We get busy….we dont have enough money….we work…we forget…

I dont…I love Christmas…probably my favorite time of the entire year…I love the lights…the music…the chance to give to those I love…something to light up their face and know I was thinking of them only when I chose it…the chance to give to those less fortunate…making my own heart smile at the thought of maybe the smile I gave away…although Santa has long been put away in my mind…this is my time to keep the magic of him alive…for many reasons…

Yes…my daughter is one…this year has been wonderful with her…she is old enough to help alot more and we have had a blast…singing…decorating…shopping….wrapping…a joy in itself…our tradition with ourselves will be to bake cookies together we will leave out for Santa…*smiles*…

My father…oh how that man loved Christmas….he would decorate every room in our home…even the bathroom had garland on the windows…he would have the Christmas tunes on the stereo….for weeks…lol….and every year…he would order this huge tray of deli meats and cheeses from our local deli….all these breads…make a huge punch bowl of punch…we would bake for days in the kitchen making cookies and pies…and he would come in from the liquor store w/ cases of alcohol….it was the one time of year he would allow us the taste….me w/ wine…my sister….gin…the other sister…champagne…my brother….beer…and then on Christmas Eve…my house would fill….family friends of years past would arrive….neighbors…friends from his job stopping by….people in and out all evening…the laughter and music would fill my home…my father was never an affectionate man….but gosh how he would smile on these occasions…I never forget that…

I have always tried to keep that alive…funny how lives change sometimes and things change…distance w/ families….my life changed w/ my daughter and my time became more limited….and then my niece was killed…and somehow the past few years it has not been the same…it seems like just another day we try to get through and move on….this will be our fourth Christmas without her….it just seems to be a hill my family smiles and tries…we just yet cant seem to get over that hill…but that is not what this blog is about….

Sorry for my rambling..lol…my memories flood back to me at times like these…I guess I just want to express….the magic that we call Christmas…doesnt have to go away because we become older and disenchanted with it…although the presents were great when we were smaller…I dont remember them now….not really…the only one I remember is this doll named Chrissy that had long red hair…and it would grow out of the top of her head…lol….anyways…besides that doll…its not what I remember….I remember…being with the ones I love…singing…baking…laughing….walking around the neighborhood caroling the neighbors…going to nursing homes and singing for them….the church programs…and most of all….the love I felt…for all those around me…

Wouldnt it be wonderful to remember this magic…..all the time…to apply it to our lives….I know I say it all the time….I am a dreamer….I believe in dreams…the magic of them….I watch people around me give up and I just want to say hey…why? I believe in love….and again I watch people become bitter and treat others like crap and give up…again I ask why? I believe in everyone…that there is good in all….hidden behind walls they have built…and I watch as they turn away from those in need and I ask why?

Before I ramble on to eternity….I hope all of you my friends….feel the magic that is Christmas….find the joy….remember those in need…or sick…or the troops who fight for our freedoms…

Believe in the Magic…of this season…of yourself…of your dreams…and open your hearts….you will feel it if you allow it….

As Tom Hanks said in the movie….just decide to get on the train…*smiles*

Hugs and kisses….and I share with you this song from “The Polar Express”…..of course its called….BELIEVE

Children, sleeping.
Snow is softly falling.
Dreams are calling,
Like bells in the distance.
We were dreamers,
Not so long ago.
But one by one, we
All had to grow up.

When it seems the magic slipped away…
We find it all again on Christmas Day.

Believe in what your heart is saying,
Hear the melody that’s playing.
There’s no time to waste,
There so much to celebrate.
Believe in what you feel inside,
Give your dreams the wings to fly.
You have everything you need, if you just believe.

Trains move quickly
To their journey’s end.
Destinations…
Are where we begin again.
Ships go sailing,
Far across the sea.
Trusting starlight,
To get where they need to be.

When it seems that we have lost our way…
We find ourselves again on Christmas Day.

Believe in what your heart is saying,
Hear the melody that’s playing
There’s no time to waste,
There so much to celebrate.
Believe in what you feel inside,
And give your dreams the wings to fly.
You have everything you need, if you just Believe.

If you just believe.
If you just believe.
If you just believe…just believe…just believe.

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14 thoughts on “Believe

  1. purple says:

    Wonderful post Summerrain … my daughter’s chorus sang this song last Monday night during their concert. Thanks for reminding us of the “magic” of believing — it applies to so much more than Santa.

    • summerrain63 says:

      Smiling as I just was on your page only to return to see you had been on mine….

      How wonderful to hear her sing…I cant wait for those days….so many things to look forward to in the coming years…I “believe” its gonna be great….

      have a joyous holiday Michael….hugs to you and yours…

  2. Duma Key says:

    Great post, I love the way your outlook lays positive, and the way coming here reminds me human side of life, that warm feeling your posts inspire.
    It does amaze me how for a few days each year, people turn there world upside down and share, give light, yet seem somehow to forget after the event, pack away that good cheer with the xmas decorations and leave it at bay till next year.
    I often wish that we could just hold on to that all year, spend time shining light in the darkness, to make life just that little bit better, that little bit more worth while.
    Your daughter will store those memory’s you provide, and the light that you give for eternity in her own mind, that warmth will stay with her, and that is a blessing far greater than anything, as a shadow that stands on the outside looking in, these things I see well.
    As much as I more often see darkness, its simple things like the light you show act as a pinch, remind me of the more human side of light.
    I wish your family a great holiday season.

    • summerrain63 says:

      thank you Duma…I admire the people and writers here so much…dark or light or shadows….my light shines most of the time…you are welcome to sit for a bit anytime you like….smiles

      I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday too….

  3. Jaymie says:

    How I just want to grab hold and hug you! Dance to carols, do our own Santa impersonations, and visit light displays! It makes me think of how my boys used to wrap random objects from around the house throughout the year and give them to each other. It never mattered what they wrapped, they were excited to give. There is wisdom in becoming like children. Thank you for the shout out for an awakening. Blessings always.

  4. Shadowplay says:

    You are touching on the very magic I am feeling this year! In fact for the first time ever, I decided to put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving! LOL. And I’ve been listening to Christmas music just about everyday since then on Pandora (the folk Chrismas music is awesome!).

    Thank you for this lovely, heartwarming reminder about that magic. It shines so brightly in this corner of the blogosphere!

    Big Hugs,
    April

  5. Greeneyes says:

    Merry Christmas to my best friend and her family…..i wish you the best the greatest the happiest of times ……everyone here, in their short time of knowing you, sees what a joy and light you are….and they can, as i have over the years, enjoy your words and smiles and most of all your heart…

    Love you always~ be safe and Happy New Year wishes too
    xoxo Gracie

  6. Terri says:

    That was beautiful thank you for sharing…I wish you and yours a very happy holiday!!!

    • summerrain63 says:

      thank you for stopping by Terri….hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday….sorry I have been out of town and late w/ my wishes….again…ty for stopping by and for the lovely comment….Happy New Year

  7. saffy says:

    Only this morning…as the rest of the house slept…i found myself out in the garden…yes still in my pj’s…giggling like a school girl…as i spun round under a snow filled sky…getting covered in no ordinary snowflakes…but huge big fat ones…so big they looked like balls of cotton wool plopping from the sky…magic is truly alive & well in my world & your blog just echoed that so beautifully..~hugs you tight & spins you round~ xxx

    • summerrain63 says:

      careful spinning me like that….I gets dizzy….lol
      so glad you enjoying life….I walked out this morning to 3 degrees and wind chills of -15 so no dancing in snow for me…smiling…
      but the new year….is very promising….hugs ya tight

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